INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best Australian Food Gifts & products including the Aussie crowd pleaser, Vegemite.
Australian food culture is continuously evolving.
There’s new Australian food recipes being created every single day, but there are some Australian food traditions that will never die.
Try telling the average Aussie that there’s no such thing as typical Australian food, and you’ll have a riot on your hands.
Australia has a growing list of fabulous food products that are beloved by its’ people.
There’s also some Australian recipes that cannot be replicated properly without the right Australian ingredient.
Lots of people ask us:
- What are the national foods of Australia?
- What are some popular foods in Australian for gifts?, and
- What are your favourite Australian foods?
So we’ve collated the best Australian food products list of what to buy in an Australian supermarket.
You’ll find the best things to buy in Australia including:
- Australian chocolate
- Chocolate biscuits
- Australian lollies & Australian candy
- Australian snacks
- Australian cereals and desserts
There’s also 5 FUN FACTS about Aussie food too!
Take a look below at our monster guide to what to buy in Australia for ALL the details.
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THE BEST AUSTRALIAN FOOD GIFTS
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The best gifts from Australia for foodies is something from the supermarket aisles, or a hand-crafted gourmet food gift from the local markets, so you can make these classic Australian dishes and drink up the local faves.
First up, let’s take a look at the most popular Australian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Below that, you’ll find a list of the best Australian food gifts & Australian snack souvenirs to buy for friends and family.
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POPULAR AUSTRALIAN FOOD LIST
Here’s a traditional Australian food list, starting with how Aussies begin their day at breakfast time.
No.1: Australian Breakfast Foods
No.1: Vegemite on toast
Vegemite on toast (otherwise known as the Australian brown food paste) is an acquired taste!
Vegemite is an original Australian food you won’t find anywhere else.
But one Australian babies grow up on.
Nothing beats a scraping of vegemite on toast, with a hot cup of tea, first thing in the morning.
It’s also the equivalent of chicken soup in medicinal terms for Aussies.
No.2: Smashed avo on toast
A bit of avo, smashed over white toast or fancied up on thick cuts of sourdough, is another Aussie fave, especially with the twenty-something set.
Rumour has it that if young Aussies stopped buying smashed avocado on toast at their local cafe, they might even be able to afford to enter the Australian housing market. Best to make it at home to save the dollars!
No.3: Aussie Big Brekkie
Bacon, eggs, grilled tomato, baked beans, a sausage or two, with toast is called a “Big Brekkie” or Fry Up.
Find it on every country town’s motel menu.
No.4: Nutella on toast
Every kids dream, but sometimes, it’s mum’s favourite sweet breakfast treat too.
Cereal, is another Aussie breakfast staple, especially:
- Special K
- Rice Bubbles and
- Kelloggs Cornflakes
- Kelloggs Coco Pops
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No.2: Popular Australian Food for lunch, dinner & dessert
Have you tried any of these classic Australian foods?
Typical Lunch food in Australia
- Meat pies
- Sausage rolls
- Chiko roll
- Spaghetti jaffle (toastie)
- Cheese, ham and tomato toastie sandwich (toasted sanger)
- A Burger with the lot, with a slice of tinned beetroot, tomato and lettuce included
- BLT burger
- Chicken burger, made with a chicken pattie
- Arnotts Sao biscuits with cheese and tomato, or ham and cheese
- Egg salad sandwiches (egg and mayo, or curried egg sandwiches too)
- Sausage sizzle (alt: sausage sanga, sausage in bread, snag in bread) – a standard staple at a Saturday lunchtime visit to Bunnings, or any fete, country fair, country show, or garage sale
Typical dinner meals in Australia (especially at a pub or club)
- Barramundi and chips
- Chicken parmigiana
- Spaghetti bolognaise is an Australian home staple (add a dash of vegemite for flavor)
- Sunday Roast at the pub/club
- Fish and chips
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Popular Australian desserts
A meal is not a complete meal without a slice of pavlova, or apple pie and ice cream.
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FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN FOOD PRODUCTS
Here’s the guide to the best Australian foods to send overseas.
Start here with authentic Australian food products to use in home cooked meals.
No.1: Savory Australian Pantry Products
- Vegemite spread or the newish Vegemite Cheesybite spread
- Dick Smith’s Ozenuts crunchy peanut butter
- ETA original or BBQ sauce, or Masterfoods BBQ sauce
- Maggi 2 minute noodles
- Anchor chicken ‘chippy’ salt
- Masterfoods Chicken salt
- Edgell sliced beetroot in a can
- Gravox traditional gravy powder
- Byron Bay Chilli sauces
- Continental cup a soup packets
- Fountain mustard sauce, or thick mint sauce
- Bega Cream cheese spread
- Bega peanut butter
All of this most common food in Australia can be found in almost every kitchen or pantry.
They make unique Australia souvenirs for foodies.
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Special mention: Campbells spaghetti sauce in a tin
I cannot live without this stuff.
It’s a childhood memory flashback of good times with the cousins.
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No.2: Sweet Australian Pantry Supplies
These are some more famous Australian products loved by Aussies.
- IXL jams
- John West passionfruit pulp
- Capilano squeeze honey or Capilano creamed honey pots
- Rosella fruit chutney
- Masterfoods Lemon Butter (find handmade versions of this popular Australian spread at fetes and fairs)
- Aeroplane Jelly packets in all the flavors
- Zooper Dooper Ice blocks
- Golden syrup squeeze bottle
- 100’s and 1000’s sprinkles in a shake jar (for your fairy bread!)
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No.3: Popular Australian Cereal
Pick your favourite.
- Kelloggs Corn Flakes (with a sprinkle of sugar)
- Kelloggs All Bran
- Carmen’s Muesli
- Uncle Toby’s Oats
- Special K
- Uncle Toby’s Cheerios
- Kelloggs Sustain
- Sultana Bran
- Just Right, and
- Kelloggs Crunchy Nut
Kids love Nutri-grain, Rice Bubbles, and Milo cereal, but the winner of all breakfast cereals in Australia is:
Kellogg’s COCO POPS!
Coco Pops are “Just like a chocolate milkshake, only CRUNCHY!”
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No.4: Popular Australian Snacks
More of the best Australian snacks include:
- Fruit toast
- Cabanossi, cheese, and Jatz biscuits
- Cheese and bacon rolls (from the supermarket or bakery)
- Cheesymite scroll
- Fried Dim sim
- Fried potato scallop
- Hot chips with chicken salt (or in any country town, hot chips with thick brown gravy)
- Freshly made scones with jam and whipped cream
You can’t say you’ve tasted Aussie food until you’ve eaten these snacks in Australia.
Hot tip for scones: Always put the jam first, then the cream. That’s the unspoken rule.
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No.5: Popular bakery items in Australia
If you head to a bakery in Australia, choose one of these for a real Aussie treat:
- Vanilla Slice
- Jelly Slice
- Caramel Slice, or Caramel and Macadamia slice
- Bee Sting pastries
- Nutella croissants
- Custard tarts
- Fruit tarts
- Chocolate eclairs filled with fresh cream
- Jam donuts
RELATED: Brunswick Heads Bakery near Byron Bay has huge servings of ALL the Australian cakes & desserts
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No.6: Popular Australian Party Food
Special Mention: Fairy Bread
You’ll find “Fairy Bread” at every Australian birthday party for kids, except in Byron Bay.
There you’ll probably find a raw vegan cake on the table.
To make fairy bread, buy a fresh white loaf of bread, spread each slice with a good layer of butter, and generously sprinkle on the ‘100’s and 1000’s until the bread is covered.
Hot tip: Cut the bread on a diagonal, so you make four small triangles.
More Party Food in Australia
- Chocolate Spiders made with Chang’s original fried noodles, and chocolate melts (here’s the recipe)
- Chocolate crackles made with Kellogg’s rice bubbles, cocoa and copha (here’s the recipe)
- Allen’s Party Mix of lollies
- Shapes biscuits (see savory biscuits below)
No.7: Popular Australian Chips (Crisps)
Cheese Twisties are always in the top 3 when you rank the best Australian chips.
The number one request for Australian food sought by expat Aussies with visitors on the way is TWISTIES.
Cheese flavoured Twisties and Chicken Twisties are unique Australian food gifts.
You should also buy, and TRY these Aussie snacks:
- Burger rings
- Cheetos cheese and bacon balls
- Vege chips – original, salt and vinegar
- Smiths Crinkle Cut chops – plain, chicken, salt and vinegar, cheese & onion, and salt and vinegar,
- Samboy chips – all the flavors!
- Red Rock Deli chips – artisan range
- CC’s corn chips in original, nacho cheese, or tasty cheese
- Cheetos puffs
- Cobs popcorn – the cheddar cheese popcorn is the best!
But we’ll always come back to the old favourite and vote Cheese Twisties as the number one item to put into your suitcase anytime you leave these golden shores.
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No.8: Popular Australian Biscuits
Tim Tam Biscuits are by far the most well known biscuit in Australia but take a peek in any Australian trolley, and you’ll find these Aussie biccies too – Arnotts Mint Slice.
(Arnott’s is Australia’s favourite biscuit company, and one of our iconic Australian food brands. Don’t stand for the imitators.)
Tim Tams biscuits come in all the flavors: white chocolate, chewy caramel, dark chocolate, choc mint, honeycomb and double chocolate.
Buy at least one pack of each of these well known Australian food treats!
TimTams and biscuits are good Australian snacks to send overseas.
Put these Australian biccies in your shopping trolley too!
- Arnotts Kingston
- Arnotts Royals
- Arnotts Iced Vovo biscuits – biscuit base with sweet pink fondant, topped with coconut, and a raspberry jam filling sandwiched on top
- Arnotts Mint Slice biscuits (pictured above)
- Arnotts Wagon Wheels
- Anzac biscuits by Unibic, the most authentic Anzac biccie from a shop
- Arnotts Hundreds and Thousands
- Arnotts Monte Carlo
- Family Assorted by Arnotts
- Arnotts Monte (my fave)
- Arnotts Teevee Snacks
- Nestle Dunkaroos
- Arnott’s Honey Jumbles
- Arnotts Scotch Finger biscuits (dipped in a hot milky cup of tea)
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Try the TIM TAM SLAM!
THIS is how you eat Tim Tams in Australia.
It works with any flavor Tim Tam biscuit.
It’s the Aussie way!
PS: Biscuits make great Australian food to send overseas, along with snacks, and lollies, so don’t be shy. Pack more Aussie treats than you think you will need.
Make up a care package for your besties overseas today!.
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No.9: Popular Australian Savory Biscuits
Try these savory biscuits in Australia too.
- Jatz crackers
- Salada orginal
- Sao biscuits (a staple in kid’s lunchboxes with cheese and vegemite)
- Arnotts Cheds cheese biscuit
- Arnotts Shapes biscuits
Arnotts Sao biscuits with vegemite and cheese are good for kids lunch boxes too.
As mentioned, Arnotts Shapes biscuits are a party staple.
They are one of the top Australian foods you’ll see at any kids party, bbq, or picnic.
Try Arnotts Shapes biscuits in:
- Original pizza flavor
- Barbeque flavor
- Vegemite and cheese
- Nacho flavor
- Chicken crimpy flavor
- Cheese and bacon, and
- Cheddar cheese.
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No.10: Popular Australian Candy and Snacks (Lollies)
Australian lollies are SO good!
They make wonderful Australian gifts for overseas.
FANTALES (pictured above) are individually wrapped pieces of chewy caramel fudge cubes coated in delicious rich choc. There’s a story on each wrapper!
Try these popular Australian sweets at least once.
- Musk lifesavers
- Allens RedSkins
- Allens Minties
- Allens Snakes Alive
- Allens Cool Mints
- Allens Chicos chewy candy
- Allens Strawberries and Cream, or Ripe Raspberries
- Eucalyptus drops hard candies
- The Natural Confectionery Company – various (try them all)
- Banana lollies
- Life Savers fruit pastilles, and Life savers fruit tingles
- Uncle Toby’s Roll Ups (promoted as a lunch box food, but really a sweet treat)
Buy enough of these sweet Australian food products to share around, and a few more for late night nibbles.
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No.11: Popular Australian Chocolate
Cherry Ripe, mushed up cherries covered in milk chocolate, is made by Cadbury but only sold in Australia.
You either like it or you don’t, but if you do, buy up big.
Fill your suitcase with Australian chocolate bars like this too, and you have the perfect Australian souvenirs for everyone:
- Cherry Ripe Chocolate Bar (pictured above)
- Violet Crumble bar – the popular Australian honeycomb candy
- Cadbury chocolate block ( in all the flavours – dairy milk, peppermint, top deck, tropical pineapple, caramello, roast almond, fruit and nut, . SNACK is the best!)
- Freddo frogs
- Cadbury Flakes
- Caramello Koalas chocolates
- Curly Wurly
- Allens Jaffas
- Fry’s Turkish Delight
- Time Out
- Mars Pods
- Darrell Lea Licorice bullets (covered in chocolate) – this Australian licorice brand sells lots of different flavors.
- Allens Freckles (the kids’ favourite!)
You can also buy Aussie chocolate share packs, with 12-20 treat size pieces of your faves.
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Special mention: Clinkers
CLINKERS are pink, yellow or green crunchy candy covered with milk chocolate.
OMG kind of GOOD.
Hot tip: Make THIS Clinkers Slice.
It’s Australia’s version of the the New Zealand Lolly Cake.
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READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to the Best New Zealand Candy (& Lolly Cake recipe)
No.12: Popular Australian ice blocks
Golden Gaytime ice blocks and Bubble o’Bill ice blocks are winners of the best ice creams in Australia.
Followed by Paddle Pop ice blocks in these flavors:
- Paddle Pop chocolate
- Paddle Pop banana
- Paddle Pop rainbow
- Paddle Pop Choc Mint Paw Print
Made by Streets, these Paddle Pop ice creams are iconic!
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POPULAR AUSTRALIAN DRINKS
No.1: Tea, Coffee, Fizzy Drink & Drinks for Kids
These are the most popular Australian drinks, for both summer sipping and rugging up on a winter’s night.
- Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Lemon Lime Bitters
- Passiona soft drink
- Kirks Creaming Soda
- Kirks Lemon Squash cans
Cottee’s Cordial & Ribena
- Cottee’s Cordials (apple and raspberry, apple and blackcurrant, orange, pine lime, raspberry but Cottee’s LIME cordial is the best)
- Ribena blackcurrant juice
Coffee & Tea
Australian’s are MAD coffee drinkers, and you will find a QUEUE outside any good coffee shop from around 6am to 9am. Some people do brew their own beans at home, but it’s now part of the culture to buy a good coffee on the way to work.
Very rarely, and only when left with no other option, Aussies will drink an instant coffee.
But expat Aussies will not say no to a jar if it means a taste of home.
It’s the nostalgia that does it.
Tea on the other hand is a very popular drink to make at home for many people, a habit adopted from the big English migration here in the 1950’s and 60’s.
- Blend 43 instant coffee
- Bushells Blue Label Tea Bags
- Twinings Australian Afternoon Tea Bags
- Nesquik milk flavouring – strawberry, chocolate
- MILO chocolate malt drink (Hot tip: try eating it straight from the tin!)
- Cadbury Drinking Chocolate
- Saunder’s Malt extract
Take a bottle of Australian made Cottee’s cordial home for the kids, or a BIG tin of MILO and you will be a hero!
Kids need Australian treats every now and then, don’t they?
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No.2: Australian Wine
Here’s a link to the best 50 Australian wines of 2018, as voted by Wine Selector magazine.
This is as good a place as any to start your wine tasting journey in Australia.
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No.3: Australian Beer
These are the most popular beer brands in Australia.
Stone & Wood Brewery in Byron Bay is a boutique beer brewery with a growing reputation as one of Australia’s best craft beers producers.
- Stone and Wood, Byron Bay
- Tooheys New Can & Tooheys extra dry
- XXXX Gold
- Coopers Pale Ale
- Victoria Bitter VB
- Carlton Draught & Carlton mid
BEST AUSTRALIAN FOOD GIFTS
Some of the best souvenirs from Australia are food!
If you want to make up care packages of the best Australian food to send overseas, be sure to include:
- Violet Crumbles, Cherry Ripe bars, Caramello Koalas
- Minties, Jaffas, Chiko babies
- Twisties, Cheezels
- Arnotts Mint Slice biscuits, Arnotts Tim Tam biscuits, Tee Vee snacks
- Jar of Vegemite
- Tin of MILO
- Jar of Lemon Butter
- Box of Twinings Australian Afternoon Tea Bags
- Pizza and BBQ flavoured Shapes biscuits
That’s a good all-round box of Australian food souvenirs for starters.
THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN COOKBOOK
165 recipes, including tried and true Aussie classics, as well as contemporary cuisine that showcases Australia’s multicultural heritage.
These recipes were all cooked in the kitchens and homes of the recipe makers and photographed in situ.
The Great Australian Cookbook is a joyful collaboration of more than one hundred of Australia’s finest:
- bakers, and
- local food heroes.
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5 Fun Australian Food Facts
No.1: Australia was the first place to taste Peanut Butter
Peanut butter was first released commercially in AUSTRALIA by Sanitarium Foods back in 1898, the first country in the world to taste this new spread!
No.2: The Lamington is the National Cake of Australia
The Lamington, named after Lord Lamington (a former Governor of Qld) is known as the ‘National Cake of Australia’.
The vote was cast by the National Trust of Queensland.
No.3: Pavlova is named after Anna Pavlova
Pavlova was first created in the 1920’s as a gesture of goodwill towards visiting Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova.
Australia and New Zealand fight over who made it first, but we can safely say it’s a draw.
It’s the national dessert in both countries!
Want to have a go at making it yourself?
Start with the magic Pavlova egg
It’s the trick to a perfect meringue base.
No.4: ANZAC biscuit got its’ name in WWI
The famous ANZAC biscuit, made from rolled oats, butter, sugar and desiccated coconut were made famous as the biscuit of choice for the Australian and New Zealand soldiers fighting World War I.
These were baked by the women at home, and sent via ship to the fellows in the front line, a welcome treat and sustenance for war-weary battlers.
No.5: Best Australian Bush Foods
There are over 5000 native food species in Australia that fed the Indigenous Australian population before white settlement, including the aforementioned Macadamia nut.
You can now buy some of these bush foods in local supermarkets and deli’s, including:
- aniseed myrtle
- wattle seed
- native mint
- finger limes and
- Davidsons plum.
Playing with Fire is another distributor.
Now go and write your Australian Foods List so you know what to bring home from Sydney, Brisbane or the Outback!
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